Dr. Alette Coble-Temple, MWA 2016

Welcome to Ms. Wheelchair America 2016

Ms. Wheelchair America in the middle, Kathryn, daughter, on the right, and Reddy, Canine Companion, on left
Ms. Wheelchair America 2016 with daughter, Kathryn Temple, and Canine Companion, Reddy

Hello! My name is Alette. As Ms. Wheelchair America, I serve to increase the visibility of people with disabilities within our society.





As a mother, educator, researcher, advocate and adventurist with both a physical disability and as a person with a cerebral palsy accent, I am a positive role model for people with disabilities. I am committed to transforming social response, advancing public policy and strengthening community collaborations for people living with disabilities in our quest for education, transportation, employment, housing, parenthood and dignity.




Through mentorship, public appearances, educational presentations, media exposure, and public policy forums, I actively work to humanize the day-to-day life of people living with disabilities.





I believe that cultivating leadership skills within the disability community is an essential component to breaking down social and political barriers.





My publications and presentations span a range of topics, including sexuality and disability, advancing reproductive healthcare for people with disabilities, recognizing abuse in the disability community, parental rights for parents with disabilities, embracing disability, discovering one’s personal power, successful living with a disability across a lifespan, advocacy, travel and disability inclusion, as well learning how to market a disability as a workforce asset.





My tenacity and perseverance fuels my passion for this work and guides my path for eradicating ignorance.




A Whole New World and An Unforgettable Year

By Alette Coble-Temple | August 17, 2016 | 2 Comments

A Whole New World of Unforgettable Experiences as Ms. Wheelchair America How do I put into 2-pages the tremendous impact being Ms. Wheelchair America had on my life? I never imagined becoming a pageant titleholder. I honestly did not know or understand the power behind the power of the crown and sash bestowed on me…

MWA Get Out the Vote Fundraiser a Success!

By Alette Coble-Temple | July 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

We had a great time at our Get Out the Vote event and fundraiser! We have raised over $7,500 in total over my year as Ms. Wheelchair America 2016!  For the Get Out the Vote event we received generous silent auction and food donations from business all around the Bay Area. Their alliance and encouragement to…


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Monday, October 24, 2016 

Last day to register to vote!

REV UP: Register, Educate, Vote and Use your Power

Full political participation for Americans with disabilities is an important priority. As the 2016 Presidential Election is in full swing, we must make our voices heard for our issues to be addressed. Click the RocktheVote icon below to register before the deadline! #MWA16GOTV #VoteDisability #CriptheVote 




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"Given her prolific scholarship, exceptional student mentorship, and public advocacy, Dr. Coble-Temple is an incredible asset to John F. Kennedy University."

- Gerardo Rodrigues-Menendez, PhD, MS Cl Pharm, Dean John F. Kennedy University
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It is the generous support of our sponsors that help make it possible for Ms. Wheelchair America to continue to advocate for those with disabilities. For more information on sponsorship please don't hesitate to contact us.

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Organized in 1972 by a Columbus, Ohio physician Dr. Philip K. Wood as a forum for the promotion of the achievements,as well as the needs of people with mobility impairments, Ms. Wheelchair America recognizes the accomplishments of women who utilize wheelchairs for mobility. This 501(c)(3) non-profit organization is fully operated through volunteers, sponsors, and donors who are dedicated to increasing public awareness so that all citizens will be afforded the opportunities to lead productive and meaningful lives. Currently there are State Coordinators and State Titleholders in more than 30 states and the District of Columbia. Ms. Wheelchair America is the catalyst for changing society’s images and expectations of people with disabilities.